Dr. Stotsky gave an excellent testimony to the Board of Education on June 10th. You can read the full testimony here:
You can watch Dr. Stotsky read her testimony and speak to the Board at this link:
Common Core Discussion
This event is being held by frustrated residents in Northborough-Southborough who created a Petition asking School Committee members if they would be willing to attend a public discussion featuring Sandra Stotsky and Jamie Gass.
See article below for the Committee’s incredible response and the actual Petition (signed by 412 citizens over one weekend). Note also the 40+ “Comments”. Your Comment is requested.
Title: Common Core Forum
Panelists: ELA expert Sandra Stotsky, Jamie Gass, Pioneer Institute
Day/Date/Time: Saturday, June 20, 2015, 10:30 am to Noon
Location: Northborough Free Library, 34 Main Street
Sponsor: Common Core Forum
RSVP: to email@example.com
Please help us send tell Beacon Hill to repeal the Common Core state standards in Massachusetts.
Learn more, and sign the petition here.
We are working on quantifying the number of test refusals in Massachusetts and to gather information related to their experience with the refusal process. Please take just a few minutes of you time to fill out this form and let us know what test you refused, the school and grade, and any other information you wish to share. Thank you for your help!! We will report back the results (minus personal information) as the testing season gets underway!
Come learn about and lobby your Legislator on Common Core and PARCC Testing. Click here for more information.
10 Reasons to Refuse the PARCC Test
1. The PARCC test is a fundamentally flawed assessment.
2. The PARCC test drives the standardization of learning.
3. Test prep means less quality instructional time in schools.
4. High-stakes standardized testing takes an emotional toll on students.
5. Schools around the state are unprepared to take a computerized exam.
6. PARCC is a cash cow for testing companies such as Pearson, Inc.
7. Some school leaders have failed parents by voting to utilize PARCC this year and not pushing back against the Common Core State Standards or the Data Mining of our children’s information.
8. PARCC test scores will be used to justify punitive measures.
9. There is no legal way for school administrators to force your child to take a test she or he does not want to take.
10. Now is the time!
PLEASE check out:
http://www.commoncoreforum.org/parcc-resources/ For a link to a sample PARCC Refusal form and a copy of the letter from Commissioner Mitchell Chester to Superintendents indicating kids not taking the test should be provided an alternative activity.
For additional and expanded reasons to Refuse PARCC, please see http://www.saveourschoolsnj.org/save/corefiles/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/The-12-REASONS-WE-ARE-OPPOSED-TO-PARCC.pdf
Additional resource on data mining of children’s information without parental consent:
Also check out:
Thank you to Michele Bollinger who originally wrote this list for Maryland parents here: http://iamaneducator.com/2015/02/18/10-reasons-to-refuse-the-parcc-test-for-your-child-maryland-parent-launches-an-opt-out-movement/ It has been modified to fit Massachusetts.
Below are links to some new resources to share with your school committees, principals, and superintendents.
Missing, Delayed, or Muddled Topics in Common Core’s Math Standards – R. James Milgram and Ze’ev Wurman
Flaws in Common Core’s English Language Arts and Literacy Standards – Sandra Stotsky
URGENT! CONTACT your State Reps and Senators NOW to support these bills before Feb 2nd.
Every two years the Legislature begins the process of considering legislation for the new session. Over 5000 bills have been filed and legislators have until Monday, February 2 to cosponsor these bills. Here is an update on new legislation that has been proposed regarding the Common Core Standards and PARCC testing. Please contact your local legislators and encourage them to consider supporting the following bills.
1.HD 3311 An Act Relative to Pausing PARCC ~ Rep Keiko Orrall (R)
Current Co-sponsors, Kim Ferguson, Susan Williams Gifford, Tim Whalen, Colleen Garry, Michael Moore, James Dwyer, Steven Howitt, Susannah Whipps Lee, Shawn Dooley
Summary: Pauses the implementation of the Partnership for Assessment for Readiness for College and Career (PARCC) test until the department of elementary and secondary education provides an assessment of the costs including but not limited to the department, the costs to the board of elementary and secondary education, and the costs to each individual school district in the commonwealth to develop and implement the PARCC; professional development associated with PARCC; and any equipment, hardware, software, or technology upgrades needed for compliance with PARCC; and any additional costs associated with data mapping of students in the commonwealth, as well as the administrative costs required to collect, maintain and protect the confidentiality of such data collection.
2.HD2040 An Act Relative to IT Upgrade Reimbursements for PARCC Compliance ~ Rep Keiko Orrall (R)
Current Co-sponsors: Kim Ferguson, Susan Williams Gifford, Tim Whalen, Colleen Garry, Michael Moore, James Dwyer, James Eldridge, Steven Howitt, Leonard Mirra, Shawn Dooley
Summary: Reimburses all schools for expenditures incurred during the previous fiscal year for upgrading informational technology hardware, software and training for compliance with the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career (PARCC) assessment.
3.HD1990 An Act relative to the Common Core Opt Out for School Districts
~ Rep Paul Frost (R) & Rep Keiko Orrall (R)
Summary: This bill prevents the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education from mandating that any school district in the Commonwealth follow the curriculum standards offered by Common Core State Standards. This bill also allows school districts to exempt themselves from the standardized exam known as the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career (PARCC).
4.HD2404 An act relative to a PARCC Workgroup ~ Rep Brad Jones (R)
Current Co-Sponsors Keiko M. Orrall, Elizabeth A. Poirier, Sheila Harrington
Summary: This legislation would create a working group to study the rigor of the Common Core State Standards and the accompanying PARCC tests. Maryland has enacted a similar working group to look at its state standards.
5.HD1471 An Act relative to a moratorium on high stakes testing and PARCC ~ Rep Marjorie Decker (D) MTA Sponsored
Current Co-Sponsors Keiko M. Orrall, Kathleen O’Connor Ives, James J. Dwyer, Denise Provost, Elizabeth A. Poirier, Angelo J. Puppolo, Jr., Joseph McKenna, Colleen Garry, Josh Cutler, James Eldridge, Paul Mark, Aaron Vega, Mary Keefe
Summary: This bill places a 3-year moratorium on PARCC and the use of high-stakes testing for 10th grade graduation, teacher evaluation, and school labeling. While MCAS may continue to be administered, it calls for a break in using MCAS as a graduation requirement, while a broad-based commission of stakeholders study the impact.
6.HD2564 An Act relative to parental opt-out of PARCC ~ Rep Donald Berthiaume (R)
Summary: Parents or guardians of students enrolled in Massachusetts public schools shall be afforded the authority to exempt their children from the standardized exam known as the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career (PARCC) without penalty.
7.HD 772 An Act relative to education standards ~ Rep Todd Smola (R)
Summary: Nullifies the 2010 vote of the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education adopting national education standards; i.e. the Common Core standards in English language arts and mathematics. In addition, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education shall conduct an examination of academic standards and then update and revise the existing frameworks and MCAS assessment. As part of the examination process, the governor shall appoint a special commission to be chaired by the lieutenant governor and whose members will consist of educators, teachers, administrators, school committee members, parents of students, and concerned citizens. That commission shall provide input and assist DESE in developing new standards that shall be submitted to the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education for final approval and adoption.
Thank you again for your efforts on this issue. Please feel free to contact us with any questions.